Car Restoration Made Simple

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 3 months ago

    How often have you seen a beautiful old car pass you on the street and you've thought to yourself 'one day, that will be me driving that car'?

    We've all done, and there is nothing wrong with dreaming. But though, what is stopping you starting to turn that dream into a reality right now? 


    You might worry that it's going to take a lot of time and that you haven't got that kind of time spare at the moment. In truth, it will take time. It will probably take over a thousand hours of work to get your car to the quality you want. But, assuming you've got somewhere to keep it while you restore it, time isn't as much of an issue as you'd think. You can work at your own pace. Restoring a car is not a race. 


    Then there is the question of money. Buying a car, then all of the parts and tools that you'll need, that's going to add up. You might think that you need to get lots of money saved up for the project. However, you can buy as you go for much of the project. 


    Buy a Car


    Might seem like an obvious way to start, and it is that simple. You probably have an idea of the make and model or at least the style of car you want, so get looking. You might want to check auction listing sites like eBay, or classic car websites, try local restoration clubs as members many may have members selling items. 


    Don't buy the first thing you see. Get an idea of price first. Try to understand where the market is at the moment for that type of car, and then shop around. Try and get out to look at any vehicles you're interested in to get a good handle on the amount of work needed to set it right. 


    Buying Parts 


    Your engine is your most substantial part and if you need a new one, consider buying it complete, click here for a company who offer just that. 


    As a lot of parts may no longer be in production, you may have to substitute for modern equivalents or buy used. 


    Salvage yards are a great source of replacement parts and can save you quite a bit. Shop around online too, as there will be plenty of parts suppliers if you don't mind waiting for an item to be shipped to you. 


    Keeping Your Car Safe


    During the restoration, you'll need to make sure that you have somewhere secure and dry to keep your car while you work on it. If you have your own garage, that would be ideal. If not, if anyone you know has space, they might store it. 


    You'll need to make sure that you have access to all of the tools that you'll need to finish the job, plus if there is bodywork involved consider that you may need welding gear, and a safe space to get the job done in.


    Tags:

    Latest Articles

    See All
    • How to Build a High Horsepower 1999-2004 Mustang GT
      How to Build a High Horsepower 1999-2004 Mustang G...

      September 16, 2019 - When building a high horsepower 99 -04 Mustang GT, the right combination of engine accessories and supporting modifications can go a long way in keeping your engine running happily and in one piece.

    • 3 Bad Driving Habits To Break Right Now
      3 Bad Driving Habits To Break Right Now

      September 16, 2019 - You may not realize that you have done this, but over time your driving style may have changed. When you started driving, you will have needed to pass a test to ensure that you are safe to drive. But could you honestly say that you would pass that sa

    • BMW X5 xDrive40i: What a sporty SUV should be
      BMW X5 xDrive40i: What a sporty SUV should be

      September 15, 2019 - Canadians and Americans have a love affair with crossovers and SUVs and it’s not slowing down. As much as auto enthusiasts begrudge the lack of wagons and hatchbacks, which can certainly be as practical as a crossover, the market demand just isn’t th

    • 2019 Mustang GT Convertible: Iconic American
      2019 Mustang GT Convertible: Iconic American

      September 7, 2019 - Mustang. Is there a more iconic sports car? Well…yes, there are many. But the Mustang created a class of its own that continues to this day. It has history. It has a legacy. And it has a lot of buyers. Each new iteration of the coupe is a crucial inv

    • Four Ways You Can Make Your Old Car Feel Brand New
      Four Ways You Can Make Your Old Car Feel Brand New

      August 31, 2019 - Maybe it has sentimental value attached to it, or perhaps your bank account simply won’t stretch to a new vehicle right now. If that sounds like you, then luckily there are a few ways that you can make your old car feel like a brand new vehicle.

    • The Not-So-Ideal Side Of Buying A Second-Hand Nissan 350z
      The Not-So-Ideal Side Of Buying A Second-Hand Niss...

      August 28, 2019 - This is especially important considering many of these problems develop over time, and could thus be prevalent in many a used 350z. But, what are these issues, and what can you do about them?

    • 2019 BMW 330i xDrive: Bringing the sport back to sport sedan
      2019 BMW 330i xDrive: Bringing the sport back to s...

      August 25, 2019 - BMW’s 3-series is possibly the brand’s most marketable car. It can be tame, as in the base model. It can be a family hauler, with the touring model. It can be sporty, like the one we’re reviewing. Or it can be a monster, like the M3. With a wide vari

    • Why You Should Always Park In The Empty Corner Of The Lot
      Why You Should Always Park In The Empty Corner Of ...

      August 22, 2019 - As such, you won’t get to enjoy the security you get on your drive or in your garage. If you have a shiny new vehicle, then you may be reluctant to take that chance.

    • Ways To Make Your 2nd Hand Runner Feel Like A Luxury Car
      Ways To Make Your 2nd Hand Runner Feel Like A Luxu...

      August 22, 2019 - It could be that the brakes are too squishy, or the dashboard is messy. Some electricals aren’t 100%, or the upholstery has had too much wear and tear. There might be this rattling sound when you are taking a turn, or this squeaky sound when you are

    • 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF: Potent Pocket Rocket
      2019 Mazda MX-5 RF: Potent Pocket Rocket

      August 13, 2019 - Short of the mid-cycle refresh, the yearly tweaks and updates to a vehicle during its production years are typically quite minor. A slightly retuned ECU here, perhaps a softer touch material around the shift boot there. The small stuff, as it were. B

    Share This!

    or